Green Bay -
Every summer, June 25 is a day dedicated to kids in Green Bay, simply known as Kids' Day.
The mayor started the annual event in 2003 as a way to reward children for their work during the school year.
Even with cloudy skies and the chance of rain looming, kids and their families packed Bay Beach Amusement Park as soon as it opened.
"I'm looking forward to getting on the tilt a whirl. Trying to get over my fear of the roller coaster and going on the sea dragon," said Maddy Grell.
Wednesday, children get to ride for free--just one of the more than 20 free activities offered for the 12th annual Kids' Day.
"I mean it's not just play video games, and do whatever. It's nice that they have their own day to do the things they like to do and parents don't have to pay a fortune for it," said parent Ashley Brunker.
Day camps like The Salvation Army's Camp Hope also take advantage of affordable activities during Kids' Day and give kids a break from their normal routine.
"It's kind of a rewards system for kids. They've been in camp for about a week and a half now. So, it's a reward for choosing the camp, but also giving them something fun to do," said youth program coordinator for Camp Hope Alvin Bottorf.
Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt also hosted a special, free lunch at Leicht Park Wednesday afternoon, where the celebration continued with inflatable games and an obstacle course.
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